Q I am a 30-year-old and I would like to improve my hair texture, which is dry and brittle. I have curly, rough hair. I have tried out many shampoos and hair conditioners but none have worked to suit my needs. What can I do next?

A Twice a week, heat pure coconut oil and apply it on the hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Use a mild herbal shampoo. Use less shampoo and rinse well with water. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, taking less quantity and massaging it lightly into the hair. Leave it on for two minutes and rinse using plain water. You can also apply a “leave-on” type of conditioner or hair serum. Apply the same way, but do not rinse off. It can be applied on wet or dry hair.

Or you could try this — mix some water with creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through the hair.

Have a deep-conditioning treatment once a week, before shampoo. Mix together one egg, one tablespoon castor oil, the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon pure glycerin or honey. Apply on the hair, wear a plastic shower cap and keep on for an hour, before washing the hair. Avoid hot water to wash the hair. After shampoo, wrap a towel around the head and let it soak up water. Avoid rubbing.

Shahnaz Husain

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